The 5 Best Actors to Play Santa Clause

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Who can forget Tim Allen as "The Santa Clause"?
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Who can forget Tim Allen as "The Santa Clause"?

Many actors have played Santa Clause over the years. While many have been good, the following are the five best to take on the iconic role:

Tim Allen

Playing a reluctant St. Nick in "The Santa Clause" and reprising the role for two sequels, Tim made the jolly man his own. Delighting both children and adults, Allen managed to make audiences fall in love with him even after he killed the Santa in the job prior to him. The Toolman is now back on television. He stars in the ABC comedy "Last Man Standing."

Tom Hanks

Hanks played multiple roles in Robert Zemeckis's "Polar Express." While the movie was animation, the motion-capture style allowed the actors to also use their bodies to portray the characters. Kris Kringle resembled Hanks and his voice was perfectly suited for the big man in red. Although many of Tom's recent projects and upcoming work have him in the spot of producer rather than star, he did do both in the recently released movie on demand "Larry Crowne."

Ed Asner

In "Elf," Ed is forced to send Buddy, a human raised as an elf in the North Pole after crawling into Santa's bag, back to society. He is the perfect combination of wisdom, charm, and nice. Asner is no stranger to Christmas movies, he's also appeared in "The Man Who Saved Christmas," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2," "The Christmas Card" and "Christmas is Here Again." Ed recently took on another well-known, larger-than-life role. He played Franklin D. Roosevelt in a one-man show based on the 1958 Broadway play "Sunrise at Campobello."

Billy Bob Thornton

As the movie's name might suggest, Billy Bob didn't play the traditional Clause in "Bad Santa." Playing a conman, Thornton gets a holiday job in order to rob the mall. Even though his Santa is a dirty-mouthed drunk, a child still believes he's the real thing, and in the end, he does have some Christmas spirit. Billy Bob's role as Jack in "Puss in Boots" must have made him a big fan of animation. He was recently seen attending the "Happy Feet 2" premiere with his girlfriend and daughter.

Edmund Gwenn

Edmund is the gold standard of Clause. He was so good, he won an Oscar for his portrayal of Kris Kringle in "Miracle on 34th Street." When accepting his award, he said "Now I know there is a Santa Clause." The talented actor passed away in 1959.

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